Community Events

Openings remain in second eight-week Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) courses, the first step for those interested in pursuing a career in nursing. Classes start Monday, Oct. 13 at Illinois Valley Community College’s Ottawa Center and the main campus in Oglesby.CNA consists of lecture, laboratory practice and clinical experience in a long-term care facility. Obtaining the CNA is required for students pursuing the Registered Nursing (RN) or Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) degree. Cost of the eight-credit certification is $888 plus fees and textbook. For information, call (815) 224-0485.

PERU- DBSA Support Group
The DBSA (Depression, Bi-Polar, Anxiety, Association) of the Illinois Valley support group meets every first and third Monday of the month on the forth floor in conference room C at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.  If you suffer from these mental disorders we encourage you to attend and you may even bring a friend and or family member with you.  Anything you talk about will be kept in strict confidence.  It is a place to come and share your experiences and ways of comping without being judged. For more information, call IVCH at (815) 223-3200 or you can check out the DBSA of the Illinois Valley's Facebook page at

LASALLE COUNTY - Medicare Beneficiaries
Attention Medicare Beneficiaries! You may qualify for money saving benefits through the Low Income Subsidy and Medicare Savings Programs. Both Programs have income and asset guidelines. Contact the Bridges Senior Center at (815)-431-8034 or (866)-331-8034 for additional information regarding the programs and guidelines.


PRINCETON- Diabetes Meeting Offered Monthly
Perry Memorial Hospital wants to provide information and support to those who are dealing with diabetes. Each month, on the 2nd Tuesday, Perry has an informational meeting to provide up-to-date guidelines and realistic ways to manage the diagnosis of diabetes. There will also be time at each meeting for open discussion and sharing of ideas. Please contact at (815) 876-4449 to register for this meeting.

PERU- IVCH Flu Clinic
Illinois Valley Community Hospital has set dates for five public flu immunization clinics at five locations in September and early October.  IVCH nurses will be giving flu shots:
     Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 2-5 p.m. in the IVCH room at Peru Mall (near the Sears store). In addition to the adult vaccine, pediatric doses will also be available from the LaSalle County Health Department at this clinic only.
     Thursday, Oct. 23, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Illinois Valley Community College.
Flu shots are also available at the IVCH FastCare walk-in clinic, which is open seven days a week at the Peru Walmart. Pneumonia vaccine, which requires a doctor’s order, will also be available at the flu clinics.The fee to receive a flu shot is $30.  Pneumonia shots are $85.  Medicare assignment will be accepted with proof of Medicare Part B eligibility.For more information, call Joan Fernandez at 815-780-4618.

UTICA - Angel of Hope Fest
The Utica Business Association, August Hill Winery and Team Angels Among Us will host Angel of Hope Fest from noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5, in downtown Utica. There will be artwork, raffles, food and drinks, plus live music by Howard and the White Boys and Big Uproar. Admission is free but donations encouraged as proceeds benefit Relay for Life.

LASALLE- Hog Roast
LaSalle County's Combat Veterans Support Group is holding a Hog Roast Oct. 4. Food will be from 4-8 p.m. and dancing starting at 8 p.m. There will be raffles, games of chance, 50/50 ,silent auctions D&J and dancing, Fee will be $7 in advance and $9 at door. Kids 5-10 are $3.50 at door only and 4 and under are free.

MENDOTA- All American Motors Car Show
Celebrating 60 years, AMC is holding their car show on Saturday Oct. 4 at Lake Mendota from 8-3:30 p.m. Awards will be given in a various categories with costs varying as: $20 Pre-registration, $25 Day of Show, $25 Car & Swap space, and $30 Swap only. Send registrations to Scott Bickett at P.O. Box 364 Princeton, IL 61356. For more information please call (815) 883-1901.

LASALLE-PERU- Wind Ensemble Concert
The Illinois Valley Community College Wind Ensemble, directed by Gene Montgomery will offer a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5 at LaSalle-Peru High School’s Matthiessen Auditorium. The afternoon performance will include the music of Glenn Osser, Johann Strauss, Frank Ticheli, Leroy Anderson, John Williams, Louis Armstrong and selections from the Wizard of Oz.The ensemble includes IVCC students, local and regional music educators, and community members dedicated to the promotion of quality wind and percussion music.

TONICA- Trivia Night
Tonica Fire Department is hosting a Trivia Night to benefit Tonica Grade School on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. and doors open at 5:30 p.m. There will be a 50/50, baskets, and food. Cost is $10 per person, teams of 8. Call Kari at (815)488-2557 to reserve your table. 

PRINCETON- Illinois Valley Toy Run
Princeton Lions Club will be hosting the 10th annual Illinois Valley Toy Run Sunday Oct. 19 at Soldiers & Sailors Park on S. Main St. in Princeton starting at 10 a.m.The entry fee will be a $10 new and unwrapped toy for either boy or girl at any age. There will be a 50/50 raffle benefiting the Buddy Bag Program,door prizes, a free 5x7 picture of your car, 40 mile round trip countryside cruise and food and drinks provided by the Princeton Boy Scouts.  If you need any more information please call (815)643-2040 or visit .

PRINCETON- Chicago Bus Trip
Take a trip downtown Chicago with Perry Memorial Hospital's 60 Plus Group and Perry Pride on Saturday Oct. 25. The bus will leave Princeton at 8 a.m. and will return to Princeton by 8 p.m. The cost for this trip is $25 per person for deluxe motor coach transportation. Reservations and payments are due by September 23rd. To make a reservation or for more information please call, (815) 876-4454.

St. Mary's Basket Bingo will be on Sunday, Nov. 2 at the K of C Hall on Main st. in Ottawa. Doors open at 11 a.m., games begin at 1 p.m. and ticket prices are $20 which includes: 20 games (3 cards per games), plus lunch (sandwhich, salad, chips & pickle spear. also free coffee all day). There will be 75 door prizes and raffle items. To purchase tickets call Bonnie at (815) 433-0171. Tickets purchased by Wednesday, Oct. 29 are entered into a drawing for a filled Longaberger Basket!

PRINCETON- Health Screening Offered
Perry Memorial Hospital is offering a Health Screening on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6:30 – 9:30 a.m. in the White Oak Classroom. A Lipid Profile test, which includes total cholesterol, HDL, LDL and triglycerides will be offered at $25. The following other tests will also be offered: Chemistry Profile for $31, Thyroid-TSH for $23, and Hemogram for $9. All tests except the Hemogram and Thyroid-TSH require a 12 hour fasting. Pre-registration is required. Please bring physician’s name and address to the screening. Tests cannot be completed without this information. Juice and coffee will be available. Please call (815) 876-3313 to schedule an appointment.

LOCKPORT- 44th Annual Old Canal Days Festival
The 44th annual Old Canal Days Festival, including the annual Arts & Crafts Show will be held on Saturday & Sunday, June 20 & 21, 2015. The juried arts & crafts  is on Saturday the 20th 10-5 p.m. and Sunday the 21st 10-4 p.m. Booth fees are $100 for standard and $120 for a corner. However, there is an "early bird discount" of $20 per booth if applications are received by Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. To receive an application, please call (815)838-9400 or email .